Active Learning Programs CHOOSE
Active Learning Programs CHOOSE
Active Learning Program
As a clinical institution, the Active Learning Center has accumulated sufficient data to serve a child with a specific problem with an appropriate treatment program. The recommended period of time and number of hours to be taken in each program were set based on the analyses of participants’ treatment progress since 2003.
These treatment programs which were designed based on an Individualized Psycho-Educational Plan (IPEP) include a full-day program, after-school program, and intensive programs provided during school breaks.
BRIDGE School of Life
The Bridge Program is designed for English-speaking students who are experiencing language transition issues or psychological difficulties as well as Korean-speaking students with extensive language acquisition delays followed by difficulty in following the standard school curriculum.
This program is strongly recommended for students who are at the bottom 10 to 20th percentile in verbal comprehension and related cognitive and learning related scores in the Comprehensive Psycho-educational Evaluation and have shown little to no progress in language development for 2 to 3 years as well as whose primary teachers report that they have continuously displayed delays in learning as they move on the next grade level.
In general, the school curriculum is designed for students in the average intelligence range (25 to 75th percentile). Most Korean students try to improve their grades by attending private academic institutes (called hagwons in Korea) or tutoring that mostly retrain the students with the same content that they learn at school either by reviewing or previewing materials.
However, if a student has serious problems with cognitive ability, intelligence level, language development, or emotional behavioral development identified by a psycho-educational evaluation, these regular public or private educational approaches may not solve his learning difficulties; rather, these will only lead to maladjustment to school and deterrence in learning the essential knowledge. If such gap in knowledge acquisition accumulates for more than two years, then most children suffer from severe emotional and behavioral disorders and intensified conflicts with their parents and teachers.
The Bridge Program is recommended for children who are already experiencing or expected to encounter the aforementioned problems. It requires the children to temporarily stop attending the regular school system to focus solely on improving their cognitive and language development, following the clinical and psycho-educational curricula explicitly written in the Individualized Psycho-Educational Plan, IPEP.
It is comprised of at least 1 hour of clinical session per week along with 12 to 15 hours of psycho-educational sessions and 10 to 12 hours of ABCMM during which children self-study while practicing behavior modification on their own. It runs from Tuesday to Saturday from 10AM to 3 or 4PM for primary school students and from 10AM to 5PM for secondary school students.
If students in the Bridge Program have achieved and are maintaining 40th percentile or above in language and learning-related functions evaluated by the second Comprehensive Psycho-educational Evaluation as well as other standardized tests after participating in the program for a certain period of time, then they will graduate from the program.
Children who join the program before entering kindergarten enter kindergarten after graduating from the program and those who join the program when they are in elementary school enter either junior high or high schools upon graduating from the program. In the case of high school students, some aim to enter college while others decide to have a job depending on their interests and talents.
The Bridge Program may incorporate an accredited homeschooling curriculum in English-speaking countries in its IPEP, and students can receive a certificate or diploma set forth by the homeschooling institution. Depending on their internal policies, most English-speaking international schools accept homeschooling-certified credits, certificates, or diplomas; in such case, the Tree Group will provide a copy of the student’s Comprehensive Psycho-educational Evaluation result and a letter or recommendation with his treatment progress records.
Stream After-School Program
The Stream After-School Program is a treatment program for students attending either English-speaking or Korean-speaking schools who experience delays in language development followed by learning and emotional behavioral problems at school.
Students participate in at least 1 hour of clinical session per week along with 6 hours of psycho-educational sessions and a few hours of ABCMM depending on their needs. Depending on their psycho-educational treatment goals, the program runs anywhere between 6 months and 2 years and the students are strongly recommended to join in the Intensive Program during summer or winter breaks.
Most children in the Stream Program are at the bottom 25th to 35th percentile in more than one area in the linguistic, cognitive or learning indexes according to the Comprehensive Psycho-educational Evaluation results. It helps promote the children’s language development or cognitive ability while aiding them to follow the school curriculum. If they continue to have trouble acquiring grade-appropriate knowledge, then it is desirable to coordinate with the school to adjust the school curriculum and have the academic materials shared and integrated in the psycho-educational program.
This program can be provided entirely online so children living outside the country can receive its service with no barriers.
Summer/Winter Intensive Program
The Summer/Winter Intensive Program is a full-day program that takes place during summer and winter breaks. For primary school students, it runs from 10AM to 3 or 4PM and for secondary school students, from 10AM to 5PM. It is comprised of at least 1 hour of clinical session per week along with 12 to 15 hours of psycho-educational sessions and 10 to 12 hours of ABCMM as well as group sessions centered around a specific treatment goal.
Students in the Bridge and Stream Programs also participate in the Intensive Program where a variety of small group sessions are held aside from the regular psycho-educational sessions which they have been taking during spring and fall terms.
For a child to join this program, clinicians must have the results and data from his Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation on which his IPEP (Individualized Psycho-Educational Plan) is established. To achieve the expected therapeutic goals, at least 3 weeks of participation in the Winter Intensive Program and 6 weeks in the Summer Program is required.
Over the past 20 years of providing clinical services, we have observed that children experienced a dramatic improvement in language development and reduction in academic and emotional problematic behaviors followed by an increase in adaptability to school life.
Most students switch to the Stream Program upon completing the Intensive Program to continue with the success in clinical and psycho-educational treatment, and if this combination of the Stream and Intensive Programs for at least 2 years, students can expect to achieve as many and higher treatment goals as they would if they were in the Bridge Program.